In China, drones are playing a key role in investigating illegal gambling. Last month, Chinese authorities employed drones to locate illegal mobile casinos in Anhui Province, leading to the arrest of 35 suspects. A concealed gambling den — apparently housed temporarily in tents — continually relocated — so it was difficult for police to conduct a raid — and organizers had guards on watch for police activity.
Among the 35 suspects, were 13 who tried to flee into the woods. The drones helped police to locate them. About 30,000 yuan (US$4,466) and various gambling devices were seized by authorities.
In the past year, Chinese police used drones in Fujian, Guangdong, Hubei and Guangxi provinces to locate and arrest illegal gamblers.
For instance, last July police apprehended 31 suspects in Guangxi Province after a raid. And in February officers in Guangdong Province used drones to prevent gambling during Chinese New Year.